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Top Technology Company Recruits Talent that is Curious, Motivated and Resilient

Top software, technology and telecommunications companies in Colorado for 2017 include: Zayo Group, HomeAdvisor and Gorilla Logic


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WINNER

ZAYO GROUP

In 10 years, Zayo has grown from a small Boulder startup to an industry infrastructure leader. “The most important factor in Zayo’s success was having the right idea and an incredibly talented team to make it happen,” Chairman and CEO Dan Caruso says. “About a decade ago, the volume of digital data was beginning its exponential growth, requiring fiber-based networks and infrastructure. At the same time, there were a number of geographically orphaned network operators that we were able to acquire at attractive prices.” 

After 41 acquisitions, including the recent Allstream and Electric Lightwave Inc., Zayo has infrastructure assets that include 122,000 route miles of fiber network and 45-plus data centers. The company provides resilient, high-capacity, low-latency communications for customers that range from wireless carriers and content providers to financial institutions, health care and government.

This year, the company launched the 3.0 version of Tranzact, a proprietary online platform that enables customers to view, shop and manage complex infrastructure services. The update incorporated some concepts from online consumer retail, with the goal of making shopping and managing complex infrastructure in a B2B environment as easy as shopping for travel.

Today, Zayo has 3,900 employees and works to maintain its entrepreneurial culture. Recruiting focuses on talent that is curious, motivated and resilient. The company pushes staff to take on big challenges by encouraging people to move into stretch assignments that may be outside their traditional field of expertise.

To cultivate young talent, Zayo works with the Colorado STEM Initiative and the Denver School of Science and Technology, Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the STEM Coalition to support students, especially girls, who have an interest in science and technology.


FINALISTS

HOMEADVISOR

The company started as ServiceMagic in 1998 and rebranded as HomeAdvisor in 2012. Since then, it has grown to nearly 2,100 employees and has five new offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Lenexa, Kan., Indianapolis and New York. Employees can enjoy pingpong tables, air hockey and an on-site deli.Golden-based HomeAdvisor operates the largest home services marketplace across the globe, providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects.

GORILLA LOGIC

Boulder-based Gorilla Logic offers tech solutions for complex and/or high-stakes custom web, mobile or cloud applications. The engineers, developers and other experts complement the team with Front End, Back End, DevOps, UX/UI, and QA talent in the client’s time zone, in areas such as media and entertainment, financial services, retail, health care, government, aerospace and transportation.

Gorilla Logic's community work includes sponsoring the Colorado Technology Association’s annual C-Level @ A Mile High event and hosting Boulder Startup Week.

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Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

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